Andrei Makarevich's musical career can be traced to a school band called The Kids that was made up of two male guitarists and two female vocalists.

Mashina Vremeni (Russian: Машина времени, “Time Machine”) is a Russian rock band founded in 1969. Mashina Vremeni was a pioneer of Soviet rock music, and remains one of the oldest still active rock bands in Russia. The band’s music incorporates elements of classic rock, blues, and Russian folk music. Mashina Vremeni’s best known members are Andrei Makarevich – the founder, principal singer-songwriter and the band’s public persona, Alexander Kutikov – the bass player and producer/sound engineer, and guitarist/songwriter Evgeny Margulis.